About Our Team

Our staff is here to greet you and make you feel comfortable.

Abby Maxwell

Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: My goal is to provide high quality care to my patients. I am committed to making hygiene appointments a comfortable and positive experience. I strive to educate my patients to achieve optimal oral health. One of the most enjoyable aspects as a hygienist is personal fulfillment by providing a valuable health care service all while establishing trusting relationships with my patients.

Family: Family is everything. As an only child I built close relationships with my family. I am recently engaged to my high school sweetheart, Dalton, who I’ve been with for 10 years.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I am dedicated to living an active, healthy lifestyle. I attend the gym first thing in the morning to start my day. I love to travel and getaway to our family beach cabin in Crystal Beach, Texas.

Denise Henke

Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: I have 26 years of experience in dentistry, 19 of which has been with Dr. Bess. I pride myself in taking care of my patients and their families by giving them a through, yet gentle, therapeutic cleaning. I inform my patients that their oral health is directly related to their overall health and well being to make sure my patients know how important they are to me. I am always looking forward to my next visit with each of my patients.

Family: I am married to my husband, Keith who also graduated from Lamar University. He works as a DSM at SGWS. I have 2 children, Alyssa (26) who graduated from LSU, lives in Houston, and works at Hayes-Boone, and Logan (21) who us a junior at Tx Tech studying business.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially outdoors at the beach, boating, and jet skiing. I also enjoy exercising. I love having my dad around still sharing his love of music and stories from his experiences over time.

Amy Williams

Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: I assist Dr. Bess with dental procedures. I love my job, my patients, and my work family. I also have over 25 years of experience in dentistry.

Family: I am a bonus mom to son’s Anthony & Devin

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time at the beach, cooking, painting furniture, and spending time with friends and family.

Allison Harmon

Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties:

Spending quality time with my patients, taking the best care of their teeth, and listening to their stories are just a few of the many great job duties I have. I pride myself on building relationships that are beyond “just cleaning teeth!”

Family: I am a mother to 2 wonderful kids, Hannah (20) who is currently in hyg. School, and Hayden (17) who is a senior at HJ planning to pursue a career as a lineman when he graduates.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Our family loves to go to the beach where we enjoy fishing and spending lots of quality time together. When we aren’t fishing, we enjoy hunting deer, turkey, ducks, and hogs.

Emily Hunt

Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties:

I teach my patients how to maintail good oral health. I also clean patients teeth by removing stains, plaque, and tarter and examine their mouth for disease and signs of damage. I establish relationships with all patients while maintaining patient confidentiality. I document all plans and care performed on patients.

Family: I have been married to my husband Brentley for 6 years and have 3 children, Maddie (10), Baylor (3), and Finley (2).

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy doing all things outdoorsy! I love going to the beach, or lake, and spending time with family. Low key weekends spent at home with my husband and kids are my favorite kind of weekends.

Katie Osborn

Hygiene Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: I have been registered as a dental assistant since 2017. I started with Duke & Latham in April 2019. I currently schedule all hygiene appointments and maintain recall. I also help check appointments in and out.

Family: I am engaged to be married in the Spring of 2022. I have 2 nephews, Remmington and Cannor. I also have one dog named Bella (shih tzu).

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy shopping, being outdoors, and spending time with my fiancé, Josh, and all of my friends and family.

Madi Almanza

Insurance Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: I started my career as a dental assistant practicing general and orthodontic dentistry in 2017. I started with Drs. Duke & Latham in August 2020 as an insurance coordinator. I work on appeals, verify insurance, file claims and check out patients.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, shopping, or binge-watching Netflix.

Paula Stidivent

Registered Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: I have been a RDH since 2011. I have 10 years’ experience in ortho and 6 years’ experience in dental lab work.

Family: I have been married for 33 years and have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy sewing, quilting, fishing, and hunting.

Pepper MacGinnis

Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: I started as a registered dental assistant in 2009.

Family: My husband’s name is Brian, and we were married on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th, 2020. We have 2 dogs and are expecting our first child in June 2021.

Personal Interests/Hobbies I enjoy video games, softball, traveling, going to the gym, and board games.

Terry Ross

Front Desk Receptionist, Appointment & Insurance Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: I have worked for Dr. Bess for 33 years! As an appointment coordinator, I schedule patients to see both the doctors and hygienists. Being a patient advocate/friend and taking care of coworkers is the best part of my job!

Family: I have been married to my husband Terrell for 42 years! I have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-laws and have 4 beautiful grandchildren, all of whom are my biggest blessings!

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, spending time at our lake house at Rayburn with my husband and family and working on our land (I love plants!). Shopping is one of my favorite hobbies, I love cooking for my family, and I love the sunshine and summertime!

Cynthia Fleetwood

Appointment and Insurance Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: She started in the dental field as an assistant in 1988; now loves being part of an amazing team where you can find her at the Front Desk to schedule an appointment and assist with your insurance needs. She particularly enjoys greeting patients as they visit the office.

Family: Cynthia has been married for 29 years, and is a mother to four amazing children.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cynthia enjoys shabby chic projects, photography, trips anywhere in her Jeep, the beach, lake, and mountains.

Donna Eiland

Registered Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: Set up for and assist Dr. Latham with Dental procedures. Donna has been assisting Dr. Latham for 10+ years. Donna began her career in dentistry in 1997 and cannot imagine doing anything else.

Family: Very proud of both of her daughters and their families. Being a grandmother is the absolute best!!!

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Has many interests including travel, music, reading, hiking, river rafting/tubing and much more.

Emily Winder

Registered Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: Graduated from Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont, in 2012. Helped out temping/filling in here for years until being hired on in 2015. Emily’s goal is to give quality care while keeping the patient comfortable; being sure the patient has a good experience.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, shopping, taking vacations, and reading.

Haley Humphrey

Registered Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: Haley became a Dental Assistant in 2012, and started assisting Dr. Latham in 2016.

Family: Haley and her husband, Mike, have a son together, named Everett.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Haley loves to watch football; particularly her favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. She also loves to fish at the lake.

Jenny Burgin

Registered Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: Jenny began working at the SETX Center for Dental Medicine in 2014. You can find her assisting Dr. Duke with patients, and with any other duties that may been requested of her.

Family: Jenny married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Ferrell. They are proud parents to their three children: Bailey, Dylan, and Ryan Jr.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Jokingly Jenny asks, does a mother have hobbies? She enjoys taking care of and keeping the family in line, cleaning, and decorating.

Jerietta Kennedy

Registered Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: Jerietta graduated from Lamar in 1991 and has been with ABD and GLL since 2005. She’s involved with patient education, laser perio therapy and x-rays.

Family: Her and husband, Gregg, are parents to two children.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Jerietta enjoys being with family and spending time outdoors. She likes to go to the beach, fish, and go on bike rides.

Kim Guidry

Registered Dental Assistant

Job Description/Duties: Kim has had over 25 years of dental assisting experience and has been working with Dr. Duke for over 20 years.

Family: Kim is married to her husband, Doug, for 36 years. She has 2 sons, Douglas and Chris, and 2 granddaughters, Mackynzie and Madeline.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Kim enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Lacey Marks

Registered Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: Lacey’s from Vidor, Texas, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class at Vidor High School. She was on the Brigadette drill team and played Varsity volleyball. She went on to graduate from Lamar Institute of Technology in 2014 with her degree in Applied Science. She received the position of Dental Hygiene President, the Outstanding Student award, and the Highest Clinician Merit award.

Family: Lacey is a mother of two girls, ages two and six. She has been married seven years to husband, Lain.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Lacey likes to workout, go to the movies, hangout with family, and go to church. She hopes to further her career and receive a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene.

Brittni Sonnier

Insurance Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: I verify patients’ insurance policies and help with Dr. Bess’ scheduling. I also help with collections.

Family: I am married to my husband, Jake, and we have a little boy named River. We also have a dog named Hank and a Cat named Nalah!

Personal Interests/Hobbies: I love spending all my time outdoors, riding the four-wheeler, and being on the water! Our favorite thing to do is to go up to New Braunfels, where my parents live, to visit them and play in the water!

Melinda Humphrey

Appointment Coordinator

Job Description/Duties: Melinda started working for the SETX Center for Dental Medicine in 2004. You can find her greeting patients, scheduling appointments, and checking out patients. She enjoys helping new patients get aquainted with the practice.

Family: Melinda and her husband, Tony, have seven children and four grandchildren.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Melinda enjoys the beach and lake; boating and fishing; spending time with family and friends.

Paulette Younger

Financial Manager

Job Description/Duties: Paulette started in dentistry in 1978. She worked in Pediatric Dentistry for 16 years. She joined our team when her previous employer retired in 1998. She left in 2002 to open her own business. She rejoined us in 2009. Paulette loves dentistry and enjoys assisting patients in finding a way to afford their treatment. She can help you with insurance questions and problems.

Family: She has a wonderful husband and two stepsons, Jason and Donny. She has 7 grandchildren, Kylie, Blake, Collin, Addison, Katelyn, Landon and Logan.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: She enjoys spending time at her camp on Toledo Bend and fishing for bass.

Teresa Hartman

Registered Dental Hygienist

Job Description/Duties: Teresa graduated from LIT in 2004. She works part-time doing patient care, periodontal therapy, and x-rays.

Family: Married to her husband, Eric, and mother to two boys.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Teresa enjoys reading, playing dominoes or any other kind of card or board game. She likes to spend a lot of time riding four wheelers, and working outside on her property.

Leita Duke

Administrative

Job Description/Duties: Leita has been doing administrative work for 17 years; you can find her at the office handling accounts payable.

Family: Leita is a mother of three children, and a grandmother to six children

Personal Interests/Hobbies: In her free time, Leita likes to spend time with family and friends, go shopping, and likes Trade Days at Winni’s.

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